Kathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations.
Ancillaries have gone from one-off add-ons to revenue behemoths for the airlines and now, smarting from rising fuel costs, many airlines are opting to bump up ancillaries – most recently, fees for checked baggage – instead of raising base fares.
Cruise companies have finally realized that it’s just as important, if not more so, to keep your travel agent partners onside as it is to build up and market your own call centre and direct booking channels.
TORONTO — Jamaica’s latest visitor stats are impressive on several fronts. The island’s 4.3 million visitors in 2017 – “easily a fantastic year”, says the JTB’s Director of Tourism, Donovan White – included more than half a million first-time visitors to Jamaica.
TORONTO — Hurricane Florence is churning towards the U.S. East Coast as a Category 4 storm as Isaac beelines for the Caribbean and Olivia heads for Hawaii, prompting airlines including Air Canada and WestJet to issue travel advisories and waive change fees for a growing list of destinations.
Will Barbados’ new US$70 per person Airline Travel & Tourism Development Fee (ATTDF), coming into effect Oct. 1 and following on the heels of two other fees introduced earlier this summer, put a dent in bookings to the Southern Caribbean island?
Bitcoin isn’t the only crypto-currency out there, but it’s the best known. You might have heard of it, but like 99.9% of people you’re not sure what it is. In the travel industry, organizations including TPI have started accepting bitcoin, and just a few weeks ago the host agency processed over $75,000 in bitcoin bookings.
With Mandarin Oriental just announcing its official debut on Canouan in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, news of another new resort for the island chain, from a well-known brand, is expected be made public within the next few weeks.